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Why buy second-hand furniture?

In San Luis Obispo, the month of June is unofficially Moving Month. Freshman are moving out of dorms, graduating seniors are giving away everything, and those who can’t stand their roommates are splitting their own separate ways. During this special month, Craigslist is on fire and a comfortable leather couch is a hot commodity!

Just last week I was in search for the perfect office chair for my new apartment. After looking at all the ritzy-glitzy options, I realized that it would cost me an arm and a leg; two things I just can’t get rid of yet! Therefore, my next option was to browse on Craigslist and compete with thousands of other savvy bargainers. As I was leisurely glancing through a dozen or so listings my heart fell in love with the one! It was definitely many years old and had a black leather backrest, black cloth seat, chrome base and frame, with dark stained walnut arm rests. I immediately emailed the owner and met with her the next day. As I arrived to the correct address, Richard and Annette (husband & wife) warmly greeted me. The chair belonged to Richard’s father who had recently passed away. He had a big influence in his life and this chair was in his office since the 1980′s.

The lesson I learned from this experience was that buying furniture this way can be so much more meaningful than to walk into a store and grab it off the shelf. Besides the significant financial benefits of buying used, I will never forget the stories that Richard told me about his father, and will remember him with every time I swivel.

+ M. Farid Shahid

antique chair

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